One drowned, 3 injured after Christian meet attacked in MP town



Betul (MP): One person drowned in a well while running for cover and three others injured after a Christian prayer meeting was attacked by masked unidentified persons at village Saliya near here, police said on Sunday.

Around 8-10 persons armed with lathis and tube lights stormed into the Christian prayer meeting underway in a field last night and attacked the congregation following which a person ran for cover and fell in a nearby well which had no boundary walls, police said.

Three others, including a woman, were injured in the incident, they said, adding the attackers had covered their faces with saffron cloth.

The deceased has been identified as Amit Gilbert (25), a Christian who had come to attend a meeting from Raipur district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Superintendent of Police R L Prajapati said.

The attackers also damaged chairs and other stuff at the venue of the meeting, the SP said.

The unidentified persons have been booked under relevant sections, Sub Divisional of Police (SDOP), Sarni police station area, Abhishek Raja said.

Prima facie, it appears that Gilbert ran for safety following the attack and fell in the well, he said, adding investigations were on. He said the body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem.

The incident took place two days after the police foiled an attempt of the Bajrang Dal activists to enter a Christian meeting underway in Balaghat district.

PTI